Apres-ski wear – what to pack

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The fun doesn’t end when the sun sets on the slopes.
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Going skiing? You lucky old thing. Second question: is your apres-ski wear fit for purpose? Here’s how to make your sojourn to the alps a warm, comfortable, and stylish one – your complete guide to apres-ski wear. How to look and feel great as you head for the slopes.

Travel wear

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Wear easy going cords with a jumper for travel. Bright colours look great in cold climes.
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If you’re flying cattle class, you’ll want to put comfort first. Think jeans and t-shirt with a sweatshirt or cardigan you can button up or leave open according to how stuffy the cabin gets.

But more and more skiers are eschwing the discomforts of discount airlines in favour of an altogether more civilised option – the snow train. Running daily and nightly from St Pancras International to the French alps, the Eurostar ski train service is fast becoming a popular way to make the journey – especially if you have the extended family in tow.

And why not? Forget airport check ins and lengthy transfers, travelling by train means you can walk around, have a drink and relax, and when you arrive at your stop, you’re within an hour of the slopes. You also get a much more generous baggage allowance which means you can pack more clobber and out apres-ski anyone mad enough to fly.

Wear a pair of easy-going cords with a soft, brushed cotton tattersall shirt and chunky knit sweater. And for your feet, a pair of rugged country boots will travel well and see you through the week.

On arrival

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Keep your wet ski jacket for the slopes and pack a 3-in-1 jacket for everything else.
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OK, so you know it’s going to be cold – it’s what you’ve come for, but nothing says amateur like a shivering Brit inappropriately dressed for the alps. Neither do you want to look as though you’re togged out for a solo expedition to the North Pole. It’s about looking elegant, understated and warm – think snug, smug and thoroughly European.

To this end, you’ll want to wear your ski jacket. Or for those who like to keep their ski kit strictly for the slopes, you won’t go wrong with one of our versatile explorer jackets – a three in one – you can choose to wear the fleece liner, the waterproof outer, or zip the two together for a thoroughly toasty overcoat.

Also pay attention to your head and extremities, which should sport a suitable hat, a thick scarf, gloves and a decent pair of boots – you don’t want to take a chill or a spill before you even find your accommodation.

Chalet wear

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There’s no better place to wear your snazzy snowflake knitwear.
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Skiing is a dangerous occupation – though don’t kid yourself, cycling’s way more dangerous – so it’s only natural that having spent the day risking death and serious injury on the blue runs, you’ll want to relax for an evening of fine food and wine back at the chalet.

Your theme for your apres-skiwear is cuddly chic, aka the Scandi log cabin look. Either go for Nordic knitwear – as Esquire says “fuzzy snowflake patterns go far with pretty much any woman on earth” – or go for a Fair-Isle jumper which gets its name from the eponymous island midway between Orkney and Shetland. Heck – it’s not a million miles from Norway.

For your legs, a pair of moleskins keep the tactile theme going, and to round things off, a country check shirt’s a fine choice. Don’t forget, that extra luggage allowance means you can pack your slippers – preferably a luxurious pair of suede moccasins which are perfect for chilling out before the fire, a glass of something warming in hand.

Evening out

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A tweed jacket over a pair of moleskins or cords will keep you warm on nights out.
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No trip to the ski slopes is complete without a taste of the resort’s apres-ski. What’s your bag? Head for the bar straight off the slopes and you won’t need to worry about your attire, but for the full experience, you’ll want to nip back to the accommodation for a spruce up and a change of clothes before you hit town.

For your look, think Euro style a la James Bond. We’re talking wool rich trousers – warm yet lightweight, with a flat fronted design that’s slimming and elongating. As the guys at Fashion Beans say “Flannel trousers make an excellent alternative when trying to pull off a slightly smarter look.”

On your top half, you won’t go wrong with a turtleneck sweater which, with its sleek silhouette is perfect for the man about town, and to top it off, a tweed blazer in a contrasting colour. Feeling funky? Slip a body-hugging gilet between your layers for extra warmth.

Alternatively, dress down with a casual look for cold places. You’ll need a pair of striking indigo jeans, with a long-sleeve t-shirt worn as a warm base layer. Top with a feel-good cord shirt and a chunky fisherman’s jumper.

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